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If It’s Sunday, It’s…Time to Bash Russia

If It’s Sunday, It’s…Time to Bash Russia

(With apologies to “Meet the Press,” which — oddly — hardly mentioned it)
Several of last Sunday’s talk show guests pointed fingers yet again at a Russia that, in their implications, refuses to be transparent or recognize human rights.
First up, the temporary asylum in Russia granted to Edward Snowden.
On CBS’ “Face …

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The Sun Never Sets on Britain’s Eternal Question: To Be or Not To Be a European

The Sun Never Sets on Britain’s Eternal Question: To Be or Not To Be a European

By Sarwar Kashmeri

“Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role,” former Secretary of State Dean Acheson presciently observed in his 1962 speech at the U.S. Military Academy/West Point.  It is the epigram with which David Hannay, the former British diplomat, and one of Britain’s most distinguished …

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Does a Pope Need a Foreign Policy?

Does a Pope Need a Foreign Policy?

 
When the last conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI was underway, a colleague stopped by my office and remarked on CNN’s seemingly nonstop coverage. My non-Catholic colleague’s point boiled down to: “I don’t get it. Why should we care about this?” Stipulating that the world’s many Catholics care deeply, why …

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Prove China spy allegations or “shut up”

Prove China spy allegations or “shut up”

 

In a radio interview airing Nov. 17 on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Zhang Junsai, China’s ambassador to Canada, told radio host Evan Solomon that Chinese firms are not involved in foreign espionage, “I can assure you that our companies working in other countries are strictly doing business according to the local …

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Digital Diplomacy in the 21st Century

Digital Diplomacy in the 21st Century

Since coming into office as Secretary of State in 2009, Hillary Clinton has pushed an agenda of “21st Century Statecraft” to adapt foreign policy to the 21st century world. A major part of this agenda involves increasing and encouraging the use of …

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“The Two-State Solution Just Died, Mr. President”

“The Two-State Solution Just Died, Mr. President”


UNITED NATIONS – On the final day of a three month deadline set by the Quartet – Brussels, Washington, Moscow and the UN – for Israelis and Palestinians to …

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US Counterterrorism Law May “Backfire”: UN

US Counterterrorism Law May “Backfire”: UN

On New Year’s Eve, President Barack Obama signed into law the post-9/11 practice of detaining terrorist suspects indefinitely without charge. Shock and awe waves rippled through the blogosphere in response to the move, not least because Obama had threatened to veto an earlier version of the bill. Other grumbles included …

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Tunis, New York and Other “Occupied” Cities: Neighbors in the Newly-Aroused Vox Populi Global Community

Tunis, New York and Other “Occupied” Cities: Neighbors in the Newly-Aroused Vox Populi Global Community

Guest Post by John Paluszek
It’s now apparent that Tunis and the many newly-“Occupied” cities are virtual neighbors – not geographically, of course, but in the newly-aroused global Vox Populi Community. These “neighbors”, although in vastly different societies, have common fundamental demands: “justice”, “fairness” and “voice”.
In this historic year of 2011 …

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International Development: Shifting Our Focus From iGenius to eDevelopment

International Development: Shifting Our Focus From iGenius to eDevelopment

“Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons”
~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Much has been made about how the late technology giant Steve Job “changed our lives”. The Discovery Channel, not to be outdone by all the media hoopla surrounding his death, will air a one-hour documentary on …

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Public Diplomacy in the U.S. State Department

Last week, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale delivered the opening remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations’ forum entitled, “Strengthening U.S. Engagement with the World: A Review of U.S. Public Diplomacy.” Her brief speech addressed the State Department’s broad …

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Bijelo Dugme—How “White Button” Unbuttoned a Nation’s Youth

Bijelo Dugme—How “White Button” Unbuttoned a Nation’s Youth

Here in Rovinj, a picture perfect little town on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast, the third annual “Media Weekend Festival,” September 23-25, brought together over 2,500 media, PR, advertising and communications specialists from countries of the former Yugoslavia to hear from international experts on new trends in the media field, assess the …

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Don't Shoot the Messenger!

In a week of tragic accidents, the WikiLeaks story may be the toughest one to bear, horrifying both for what it showed about the current state of war and what it says about the current state of our media environment.  As most know, thanks …

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Brokering Power, "Soft" and "Hard"

Along the gradient of power, there’s a possible mix of “soft” and “hard” varieties.  The public diplomacy originating at the U.S. State Department is commonly associated with the “soft” power of peaceful persuasion and cultural appeal;  the foreign information efforts at the Pentagon are often in the service of some …

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U.S. Public Diplomacy, Back to the Future

Readers of this space know there’s been a recent flurry of public activity by those who set the course of U.S. communications efforts with foreign publics.  This week’s unusual Congressional hearing on the State Department’s public diplomacy programs featured not only the current …

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New Media, Old Truths

New Media, Old Truths

Many journalists and commentators have examined and illuminated the role of new media and technology in the on-going protests in Iran.  Exposing the electoral fraud perpetrated by Ahmedinejad last year and the violent repression of resultant protests certainly called for the skill …

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